Hello,

I am trying to build matplotlib from source on CentOS. I have installed all the dependencies, including numpy, freetype, libpng, etc. I also have both the C and C++ compiler (gcc and cgg-c++) installed in /usr/lib/. However when running python setup.py install I get the following error message:

pymods ['pylab']
packages ['matplotlib', 'matplotlib.backends', 'matplotlib.backends.qt4_editor', 'matplotlib.projections', 'matplotlib.testing', 'matplotlib.testing.jpl_units', 'matplotlib.tests', 'mpl_toolkits', 'mpl_toolkits.mplot3d', 'mpl_toolkits.axes_grid', 'mpl_toolkits.axes_grid1', 'mpl_toolkits.axisartist', 'matplotlib.sphinxext', 'matplotlib.tri', 'matplotlib.delaunay', 'pytz', 'dateutil', 'dateutil.zoneinfo']
running install
running build
running build_py
copying lib/matplotlib/mpl-data/matplotlibrc -> build/lib.linux-x86_64-2.4/matplotlib/mpl-data
copying lib/matplotlib/mpl-data/matplotlib.conf -> build/lib.linux-x86_64-2.4/matplotlib/mpl-data
running build_ext
building 'matplotlib.ft2font' extension
c++ -pthread -shared build/temp.linux-x86_64-2.4/src/ft2font.o build/temp.linux-x86_64-2.4/src/mplutils.o build/temp.linux-x86_64-2.4/CXX/IndirectPythonInterface.o build/temp.linux-x86_64-2.4/CXX/cxxsupport.o build/temp.linux-x86_64-2.4/CXX/cxx_extensions.o build/temp.linux-x86_64-2.4/CXX/cxxextensions.o -L/usr/local/lib -L/usr/lib -L/usr/local/lib64 -L/usr/lib64 -lfreetype -lz -lstdc++ -lm -o build/lib.linux-x86_64-2.4/matplotlib/ft2font.so
/usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lz
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
error: command 'c++' failed with exit status 1

I have scoured the web with no solution. Please HELP!

Thanks,

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Amanda Stott